Shire of Avon

Shire of Avon

Location in Victoria
Population 4,360 (1992)[1]
 • Density 1.7213/km2 (4.458/sq mi)
Established 1864
Area 2,533 km2 (978.0 sq mi)
Council seat Stratford
County Tanjil, Dargo, Wonnangatta
LGAs around Shire of Avon:
Maffra Bright Omeo
Maffra Shire of Avon Bairnsdale
Sale (C) Rosedale Rosedale
This article is about a local government area in Victoria. For the Western Australian region, see Avon Valley or its component shires of York, Northam and Beverley.

The Shire of Avon was a local government area about 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Sale, the major regional centre in central Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 2,533 square kilometres (978.0 sq mi), and existed from 1864 until 1994.


Avon was first incorporated as a road district on 13 September 1864, and became a shire on 10 October 1865. On 27 May 1914 and 1 October 1964, it annexed parts of the Shire of Bairnsdale, and on 2 May 1917, it annexed part of the eastern riding of the Shire of Maffra. During 1966 and 1967, parts of its area were annexed to the City of Sale.[2]

On 2 December 1994, the Shire of Avon was abolished, and, along with the City of Sale, the Shires of Alberton and Maffra and parts of the Shire of Rosedale, was merged into the newly created Shire of Wellington.[3]


The Shire of Avon was divided into three ridings, each of which elected three councillors:

Towns and localities

  • Airly
  • Cobains
  • Clydebank
  • Crooked River
  • Dargo
  • Hollands Landing
  • Llowalong
  • Meerlieu


Year Population
1954 3,215
1958 3,400*
1961 3,295
1966 3,237
1971 3,090
1976 3,000
1981 3,520
1986 3,859
1991 4,025

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. pp. 49–52. ISSN 0067-1223.
  2. Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 573–574. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  3. Australian Bureau of Statistics (1 August 1995). Victorian local government amalgamations 1994-1995: Changes to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia. p. 12. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05.

Coordinates: 37°58′S 147°05′E / 37.967°S 147.083°E / -37.967; 147.083

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